Test Cricket

Welcome addiction: Test cricket is an education – Mukul Kesavan

(Mukul Kesavan is a historian, novelist and social essayist. The article first appeared in the print edition of The Telegraph on August 28, 2021)


  • Test cricket is an education; as a child, I was taught time zones by the BBC. The dislocation involved in pretending that the day began at 3.30 in the afternoon, drove home the significance of the prime meridian at Greenwich and the temporal implications of living on a round planet in a way that no physical geography textbook could have done. As a child, I accepted the fact that English lunch times coincided with evening tea without demur; it was just one more proof of the essential arbitrariness of the grown-up world…

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